Will Ukraine and Russia take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?

EUROVISION is back for it's 66th annual song contest.

But due to ongoing events, some people are wondering if Ukraine and Russia will still be taking part.

Will Ukraine compete in Eurovision 2022 and who is their entry?

The Ukraine WILL be taking part in Eurovision 2022.

They will be represented by the band Kalush Orchestra who will sing their song Stefania.

Prior to the 2022 contest, Ukraine has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixteen times since its first entry in 2003.

They then went on to win it in the following year with the song Wild Dances performed by Ruslana.

Will Russia compete in Eurovision 2022?

On February 25, 2022, the European Broadcasting Union released a statement about Russia's participation in this year's Eurovision event, revealing that the country has been banned.

"The EBU has announced that no Russian act will participate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest," the statement read.

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"The Executive Board of the EBU made the decision following a recommendation earlier today by the Eurovision Song Contest's governing body, the Reference Group, based on the rules of the event and the values of the EBU.

"The Reference Group recommendation was also supported by the EBU’s Television Committee," the statement added.

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"The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.

"…We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage," the statement concluded.

When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2022?

Eurovision will taken place from May 10 to 14, 2022.

It will be held in the Italian city of Turin.

It is Italy's turn to host the big event after they won the show in 2021 with rock band Måneskin.

France came second, and Switzerland third.

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